31 Jul 2012

PNG's Western Province yet to receive urgently needed flood relief funding

1:02 pm on 31 July 2012

The caretaker governor of Papua New Guinea's Western Province says disaster relief funding urgently needed for flood victims is yet to be released.

Dr Bob Danaya says about 4000 people from 10-15 villages in the Southern Fly District are still facing shortages of food and water, after heavy rains caused extensive flooding over the past few months.

Dr Danaya says funding promised by the government is urgently needed to provide clean drinking water and food to those affected by the flooding.

"So far that commitment is yet to be made available so we're doing all we can at the provincial level to support those who require any relief supplies in terms of providing a support at this point in time."

Dr Bob Danaya says many displaced flood victims are now being sheltered by villagers who live inland.